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Pam Petty, storyteller, to present Sankofa Lecture at Longwood

February 26, 2009

Dr. Pamela Petty

Dr. Pamela Petty, associate professor of literacy at Western Kentucky University, will address "We Are the Village: Culture, Society, and the Role of Story" for the Sankofa Lecture Series at Longwood University on Tuesday, March 24 at 7 p.m. in Orr Auditorium located in the Hull Education Center.

Dr. Petty writes and tells family stories that feature the life and times of a little girl growing up in rural Tennessee in the 1950s and 1960s. Her stories pay tribute to a loving family, including her treasured grandparents, and have been published in journals and storytelling books. She believes deeply in the power of "story" and the way values and mores within tales both celebrate and transcend cultures. In recognition of Longwood University's theme of sustainability, Dr. Petty will bring a unique perspective to the topic of social justice.

Dr. Petty has served as director of the Kentucky Adult Educators Literacy Institute at Western Kentucky University for the last four years. Since 2001 she has served as University Coordinator for E-train Express©, a federally funded technology grant focused on the integration of technology in university courses. She has been telling stories professionally for about 15 years. She maintains several storytelling web pages and her Internet presence includes about 2,200 web pages located at http://www.pampetty.com. The web sites include resources and information regarding her current research agendas on adult literacy, serving underprepared populations, out-of-school programs, and the use of technology for teaching and learning.

The Sankofa Lecture Series was established in 2005, by Dr. Deneese Jones, dean of the College of Education and Human Services, as a forum to discuss diverse ideas in the education field.